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I have posted three pictures today. One is of General Scales and Ambassador Ginsberg in our green room right before our show. Another is Ted getting his earpiece fixed in the newsroom. And the last one is Bert, our stage manager on our set. The stage manager essentially runs the entire studio — including me. He tells me how much time we have in segments, how much time left in segments once started, makes sure the studio is set up before the show, makes sure the lighting is set on the right levels, makes sure the camera operators are doing what they should, etc., etc. He is in constant communication with our New York control room. In other words, he makes sure the trains run on time in the studio.
By the time you get this blog/or log on to read it, our show will be "on the road." We are headed to Texas to interview former President George Bush. He is just back from Pakistan where he went as the U.N. special envoy helping with relief efforts in connection with the October earthquake (more than 75,000 died and thousands and thousands are homeless.) We could have interviewed him remotely (by satellite), but I figured if he could travel around the world to help people, the least I could do is get on a plane and fly three hours to interview him in person. He deserves this courtesy from us, plus, it is good manners to a former president. I would do the same for Presidents Clinton, Carter, etc.
The Tuesday plan is an early flight from Texas to New York City, with the show airing out of New York on Tuesday night. And, if all goes as planned, I will be back in Washington late Wednesday and thus the show out of D.C. on Wednesday. Of course as you know, this is the plan — breaking news could change it all. I am going to New York to discuss a special we are contemplating doing.
Do you want to hear a rotten story? My colleague found a dog wandering in traffic on Friday morning as she was taking her son to work. The dog had a collar with the name "Tigger" and the owner's name on the collar. The phone number on the collar was disconnected and the address was not correct. She drove to the address and the man at the address did not know the dog or the name on the collar. When she got to work, she came to my office. We did some research and tracked down via the Web the owners of Tigger. They own a home improvement business in the Glen Burnie, Maryland area. A quick call was made to the business. What did the owners say? Slightly paraphrased: "Keep the dog. We don't want him." We were horrified. I don't know about you, but I think that is rotten. What do you think?
As for the dog, he could not have found a better person to find him than my colleague. She has a big heart and loves animals. Looks like she now has four dogs, and not just three.
Now for some e-mails:
E-mail No. 1 — As many of you know, I grew up in Wisconsin. This next e-mail is very funny:
Some old ones in here and some new ones... Jeff Foxworthy on Wisconsin:
If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 38 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by, you might live in Wisconsin.
If you're proud that your region makes the national news 96 nights each year because Park Falls is the coldest spot in the nation, you might live in Wisconsin.
If you have ever refused to buy something because it's "too spendy," you might live in Wisconsin.
If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March, you might live in Wisconsin.
If you instinctively walk like a penguin for five months out of the year, you might live in Wisconsin.
If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don't work there, you might live in Wisconsin.
If your dad's suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead, you might live in Wisconsin.
If you may not have actually eaten it, but you have heard of Head Cheese, you might live in Wisconsin.
If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you might live in Wisconsin.
If you have either a pet or a child named "Brett," you might live in Wisconsin.
If your town has an equal number of bars and churches, you might live in Wisconsin.
If you have had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you might live in Wisconsin.
If you know how to say Oconomowoc, Waukesha, Menomonie and Manitowoc, you might live in Wisconsin.
If you think that ketchup is a little too spicy, you might live in Wisconsin.
If every time you see moonlight on a lake, you think of a dancing bear, and you sing gently, "From the land of sky-blue waters", you might live in Wisconsin.
You know you are a true Wisconsinite when:
1. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway.
2. "Vacation" means going up north past Hwy 8 for the weekend.
3. You measure distance in hours.
4. You know several people who have hit deer more than once.
5. You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day and back again
6. Your whole family wears Packer Green to church on Sunday.
7. You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching.
8. You see people wearing camouflage at social events (including weddings and funerals).
9. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.
10. You think of the major food groups as beer, fish, and venison.
11. You carry jumper cables in your car and your wife or girlfriend knows how to use them.
12. There are 7 empty cars running in the parking lot at the Rice Lake Fleet Farm at any given time.
13. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
14. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
15. You refer to the Packers as "we."
16. You know all four seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction.
17. You can identify a Southern or Eastern accent.
18. You have no problem pronouncing Lac Du Flambeau.
19. You consider Minneapolis exotic.
20. You know how to polka.
21. Your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue spruce.
22. You were unaware that there is a legal drinking age.
23. Down South to you means Illinois.
24. A brat is something you eat.
25. Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his new pole shed.
26. You go out to fish fry every Friday
27. Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost.
28. You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.
29. You find minus twenty degrees "a little chilly."
Harriet A. McDonell
E-mail No. 2
Hello, Greta — love the show!
I was thinking, if there wasn't blood inside the cabin (or on the carpet for that matter), why was the carpet taken up and discarded? Is that standard practice for the cruise line? General maintenance?
ANSWER: I think the FBI has the carpet.
E-mail No. 3
I was watching Greta Van Susteren yesterday giving a report about a two or two and a half year old little girl being found dead in a dumpster. I only heard part of the broadcast but I saw a sketch and colored picture of what the child was wearing. She had on a coat I recognized from one of our catalogs. The coat is white with dark pink hearts on it. It is carried in a children's clothing catalog called Storybook Heirlooms. That company is located in Kirkland, Washington but of course the coat could have been ordered and shipped anywhere. It is a fairly expensive coat ($89.00) for a two year old. I hope this information can be helpful in some way to police trying to identify the child.
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